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Sub-Saharan Africa

Rights

Commentary

Lessons from Kenya: Why the World Bank must apply the Indigenous Peoples Policy consistently

The World Bank’s support for a Kenya electricity programme is criticised for failing to comply with its Indigenous Peoples Policy, with implications for the Bank's future lending and the safeguards review.

29 June 2016 | Comment
Bridge International Academy in the Nairobi slum of Mukuru kwa Njenga. Photo credit: Frederic Courbet for NPR

Social services

News

IFC pushed private education investment model criticised by UN

Two UN committees and a special rapporteur have questioned development aid funding going to private education, including through IFC supported Bridge International Academies.

29 June 2016

Rights

News

Renewed warnings over World Bank safeguards “dilution”

Further concerns have been raised over dilutions of the World Bank’s proposed new safeguards framework, as controversy arose over a Bank waiver of the indigenous peoples policy for a Tanzania project.

29 June 2016

Finance

Analysis

World Bank rolls out the carpet for “troubled megaprojects” and PPPs

The World Bank and other multilateral development banks continue to push for public-private partnerships for infrastructure projects, despite concerns of debt risks and lack of transparency.

5 April 2016

Knowledge

Analysis

The World Bank's updated international poverty line, a case of poor measurement?

World Bank updates the International Poverty Line and claims a continued decrease in numbers of poor, but long-standing questions about the methodology used and whether the instrument is fit for purpose persist.

5 April 2016

Social services

Analysis

PPPs as a model for development: An analysis of the African context

Public-private partnerships are pushed in Africa, but the risks and costs must be fully understood and minimised, including the impact on the poor.

5 April 2016 | Guest analysis

Finance

Analysis

China goes global with development banks

This briefing examines the trajectory of China's evolving leadership in international development finance, including the impact of it's massive increase in development finance for developing countries.

5 April 2016 | At Issue

Rights

News

World Bank safeguards review: “human rights-free zone”

A UN special rapporteur, CSOs and donor countries have critiqued the lack of human rights in the World Bank's draft new environmental and social framework, as the consultation process has continued to be fraught with difficulty.

10 February 2016
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Other news

Rights

News

World Bank’s proposed standards “gravely weaken” investment safeguards

As the World Bank closed the third and final round of public consultations on its new draft social and environmental standards, further concerns have been raised about problematic and weak language.

5 April 2016

Finance

News

Taxes rise in Ghana as IMF loan approved

The IMF has approved the third disbursement of a loan agreement to Ghana, however, concerns were raised regarding associated tax rises.

5 April 2016

IFI governance

Background

Recommended resources on the World Bank and IMF 2015

The best books and papers on the World Bank and IMF from 2015.

10 February 2016 | Resource

IFI governance

News

World Bank Uganda road project cancelled

The World Bank has suspended a loan to Uganda in response to multiple failures.

8 February 2016

Rights

News

CAO opens new Marikana case

CAO finds complaints from Marikana community eligible for further assessment.

28 September 2015

Social services

News

World Bank’s “wakeup call” on universal health

New World Bank report shows lack of access to basic health services has pushed six per cent of the global population into poverty, as the IFC continues to support private health providers.

7 July 2015

IFI governance

Background

Ebola debt relief – Implications and next steps

Notes from a meeting on Ebola during the World Bank spring meetings.

17 April 2015 | Minutes

Gender

Background

Gender and development: What is happening now?

Notes from a meeting on gender and development during the World Bank spring meetings.

16 April 2015 | Minutes
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